The Yale Socially Responsible Investments Journal

A Wiser Today, A Brighter Tomorrow

The Double-Edged Sword of Venture Capital

The Double-Edged Sword of Venture Capital

By: Brian Cashin, Editor-in-Chief Venture capital is a buzzword in this era of startup culture and of innovations in boosting business growth trajectories, but few associate this term with any of the less favorable implications which it may entail. Venture capital is indeed crucial to broadly facilitating business expansion and sophistication, but the entrance ofContinue Reading The Double-Edged Sword of Venture Capital

Socially Responsible Investment in Retrospect: The Apartheid Divestment Campaign

Socially Responsible Investment in Retrospect: The Apartheid Divestment Campaign

By: Steven Tian, Finance Editor Advocacy for socially responsible investing can take many forms, and the power of mass mobilization in promoting socially responsible investing is especially prominent at Yale University. At Yale, student activists and student leaders have had a long history of fighting for what they believe to be right and equitable. WhetherContinue Reading Socially Responsible Investment in Retrospect: The Apartheid Divestment Campaign

Faith-Based Funds Offer Opportunities for Responsible Investment and Microfinance

Faith-Based Funds Offer Opportunities for Responsible Investment and Microfinance

By: Brian Cashin, Editor-in-Chief Being religious about investing can have multiple meanings. For some investors, rigorously efficient investment techniques and profit maximizing procedures requite the label of a ‘religiously attentive’ investor; for others, religious investing incorporates moral beliefs into financial goals and principles. Recent trends reveal the existence of valuable opportunities for investment that merge steadyContinue Reading Faith-Based Funds Offer Opportunities for Responsible Investment and Microfinance

Taking Account: Reevaluating the Student Debt Crisis

Taking Account: Reevaluating the Student Debt Crisis

Anand Swaminathan American college students are in crisis — or so the story goes. With 40 million Americans holding a total of $1.2 trillion in student loans, several experts have proclaimed a growing crisis in student debt[1]. They cite other alarming statistics: that 70% of graduates with bachelor’s degrees hold debt, that students graduated inContinue Reading Taking Account: Reevaluating the Student Debt Crisis

The Future of Energy Trading

The Future of Energy Trading

Christopher Chen Despite its subtlety, the gradual shift from active to passive investing has far-reaching implications. For investors, there is a unique allure to index funds—investments which are low maintenance, low cost, and often result in more profit than riskier, active investing through certain hedge funds and mutual funds. Asset manager’s like BlackRock Inc. recentlyContinue Reading The Future of Energy Trading

SpaceX Explosion Delays Ambitious Internet Connectivity Plans

SpaceX Explosion Delays Ambitious Internet Connectivity Plans

  Kaitlin Gately On September 1, a SpaceX rocket exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired prior to launching, destroying a $200m Facebook satellite intended to be delivered into orbit.   While the cause of the blast is still unknown, it occurred while the 604-ton Falcon 9 rocket wasContinue Reading SpaceX Explosion Delays Ambitious Internet Connectivity Plans

The EpiPen Outrage and Solving Today’s Drug Pricing Problem

The EpiPen Outrage and Solving Today’s Drug Pricing Problem

By Amy Xiong The price of the EpiPen, a life-saving injection device for those with severe allergies, increased to about $600 for two doses from $100 in 2007, causing significant uproar in the general public and in Washington.[1] This price hike is not surprising: drug companies have routinely increased their prices in past years. ListContinue Reading The EpiPen Outrage and Solving Today’s Drug Pricing Problem